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Survivor of Mall Stabbing Rampage: 'He Threw Me Around'

Dragged around "like a rag doll," 38-year-old Jucelia Gleason says she feels lucky to be alive

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    Mall Rampage Victim Recounts Attack

    A woman who was assaulted by a Massachusetts man during a stabbing rampage inside the Taunton mall spoke to necn for the first time since Tuesday's deadly, apparently random attack. (Published Thursday, May 12, 2016)

    A woman who was assaulted by a Massachusetts man during a stabbing rampage inside the Taunton mall is speaking about what happened for the first time since Tuesday night's attack.

    Thirty-eight-year-old Jucelia Gleason was in the path of the of the deadly rampage, and says she's still trying to understand why she's still alive.

    "He could hurt me severely, but I gotta think that God helped. And he let me go of his hands," she said.

    Gleason was working the Macy's cosmetic counter in the Silver City Galleria Tuesday. It was a typical evening, until a man police identified as 28-year-old Arthur DaRosa rammed his car through the entrance.

    "He didn't target me, he targeted any person that came his way," she said.

    Gleason says DaRosa jumped out of his car and attacked a customer, then came after her.

    "He dragged me around like a rag doll. He pulled me by my arm and my hair, and he threw me around fixtures, walls and corners of places," she recalled.

    She said DeRosa did not appear to have a weapon and, for some reason, he let her go before continuing on.

    Two people were killed in the rampage — one at the mall, and one at a Taunton home — and others were injured, police say. DaRosa died after being shot by an off-duty officer in a restaurant in the mall.

    "I just feel so sorry for the families that lost their loved ones," Gleason said.

    She only suffered minor bruises and says it will be quite some time before she returns to work.